Experincing a different type of food is always exciting. It occupies great
part of fun of your travel, and often provides a unique opportunity toward
understanding a different culture, perhaps equally well as appreciating
Japanese food has become very popular in the past 20-30 years. Nonetheless, its real significance is, in my (YY) view, far from true understanding.
True, there are now very many Japanese restaurents in many countries. But they are in one way or another modified, often due to the need of adjusting to local tastey Kyoto had been the captol of Japan for 1000 years, and cooking artitry reached its height in this city. Experiencing the authentic Japanese cuisine in Kyoto can thus be a unique experience.
Here are some tips for traditional Japanese course (called "Kaiseki") in a high-class restaurent.
How about the price? Well, it varies. In this case, you can choose the
course of 8,000 or 12,000 JPY. ifExpensive? Indeed. But if you choose a
right restaurent, it can be a lifetime experience. There are some other
restaurents more reasonably priced, ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 JPY. You
can find quite a few of them in the area of Ponto-cho. Please find its
whereabouts in your guidebook. Unfortunately most of their homepages are
in Japanes only. I'll try to find a reasonable link.
You should not be scared off by the sample prices shown above. They are rather high-class restaurents, and you can well get by with lots of more reasonably priced restaurents. One possible choice is so-called "Izakaya" where you can oder lots of different foods with reasonable price. A standard charge for one person would be about 2,000 to 3,000 JPY.
More about restaurents in Kyoto later, when I find useful links.
The interior of this restaurent "Ohgami". It is quite small, having only 9 seats in the counter; the ice cube on the second picture intends to exhibit cooness in summer; the room is of course air-conditioned..